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					Discover Yourself,   Create Your Future . . .

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Welcome...                                                                                            Your Journey Begins Here . . .

                                                                                                      POINT A: College Life                 The distance bet ween the t wo can feel
    Dear Student,
                                                                                                                                            over whelming to say the least. Sav v y
    Welcome to the Washington Internship Institute, the Premier Internship Program in                                                       students count on the Washington
    Washington, DC.
                                                                                                                                            Internship Institute to assist them in

    By considering an internship in DC, you have just taken your first step toward serious profes-                                           making the journey a smooth one.
    sional development. Every year, more and more college students pursue internships to gain
    real-world experience and launch their careers.
                                                                                                                                            Interning in Washington will help you
    What can WII do for you? We will...                                                                                                     f ind your talents, learn what you want
           •     Tap our network of thousands of internships to find one that is just right for you.
                                                                                                                                            to do, and unleash your professional
           •     Provide access to leaders and decision-makers who influence Washington and
                 the world.                                                                                                                 passion.
           •     Connect you with your peers from across the country and around the world.
           •     Enable you to play a key role in a city that runs on interns.
                                                                                                      The distance between the two can be overwhelming. . .
    WII’s program opens the door to a world of new opportunities beyond your campus and
    hometown. I invite you to explore your interests, enhance your education, advance your
    career, and pursue your dreams by joining us for a semester or summer in Washington. You           Our interns gain experience through
                                                                                                                                                    POINT B: Real World
    will discover yourself and begin to create your future while interning in Washington!
                                                                                                       substantive   internships,   where   they
                                                                                                       work alongside experts in the field.

                                                                                                       They build confidence in their ability to
    Mary Ryan, Ph.D.
                                                                                                       succeed in the professional world. They
                                                                                                       develop contacts for life. They confirm

                                                                                                       hunches about future plans. They make

                                                                                                       friendships that last a lifetime.

                                                       Inspiration for the                                       Journey .. .
                                                                                                                                                                       “The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what it is
                                                                                                                                                                       that interests you and that you can do well, and when you find it,
                                                                                                                                                                       put your whole soul into it.”

                                                                                                                                                                       John D. Rockefeller III

    Hundreds of students have closed the gap between campus and career by                                        interning with WII. But don’t take our word for it. See what they have to say...

                                            “I am very interested in politics and watch the news all the time,                                                “I love the thrill of experiencing new things and taking on challenges
                                            but during my internship I actually reported the news. I covered                                                  that will help me gain knowledge in many diverse areas. I have
                                            the President and the presidential candidates, and I met famous                                                   learned more about policy law, legislative writing, how to interpret a
                                            politicians and entertainers.”                                                                                    bill, how different issues affect courts, where courts retain their money,
                                                                                                                                                              and how Capitol Hill really works.”
                                            Nanor Mahdessian
                                            Talk Radio News Service                                                                                           Whitney Taylor
                                                                                                                                                              National Center for State Courts

“My internship is confirming what I want to do with my life.                                                         “I met many high-ranking business executives and government officials
Meeting the Attorney General, preparing for real cases, sitting in a                                                and saw how policies are developed.”
courtroom, helping prep a witness for trial, and riding along with
police officers -- what’s better than that?”                                                                         Justin Badlam
                                                                                                                    Brazil – US Business Council (then)
Ernest Blackwell                                                                                                    US Chamber of Commerce (now)
Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

                                           ” I was assigned real responsibilities in the trade office, and I                                                   “I believe that my summer in DC is the first step in my political career.”
                                           learned more about NAFTA. I also enjoyed some of the great things
                                           Washington has to offer. I attended a Nationals baseball game and                                                  Antoinette Wilson
                                           visited the Smithsonian museums.”                                                                                  Alliance for Peacebuilding

                                           Gustavo Cordova
                                           Embassy of Mexico

                                                                A Journey Just                                           For You . . .
                                                                                                                                                                                  “ The future depends on what we do in the present.”

                                                                                                                                                                                  (Mahatma Gandhi)

“I recently had dinner with
a friend I met when we were                                                                                               P E O P L E C H A N G E T H E W O R L D I N WA S H I N G TO N
both WII students. We both
                                                                                                                          Working for organizations that care about education or human rights or national security,
agreed that if we could re-
                                                                                                                          they influence public policy.
live one summer of our lives,
our summer in DC would be
the one.”                                                                                                                WHATEVER YOUR MAJOR AND INTERESTS, DC IS THE PLACE FOR YOU!

                                                                                                                           ACCOUNTING                           ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES                 MARKETING
Steven Giaier                                                                                                              US Department of the Treasury        National Wildlife Federation          Washington Capitals (NHL team)
Rep. Mike Rogers (then)
                                                                                                                           ART OR ART HISTORY                   FINANCE                               POLITICAL SCIENCE
Rep. Michael Burgess (now)                                                                                                 Smithsonian Institution              Morgan Stanley                        White House

                                                                                                                           BIOLOGY                              HISTORY                               PRE-LAW
                                                                                                                           National Institutes of Health        US Holocaust Memorial Museum          US Department of Justice

   Washington, DC attracts the “best and brightest” with a variety of internship possibilities.                            BUSINESS                             INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS                PSYCHOLOGY
                                                                                                                           US Chamber of Commerce               US – Taiwan Business Council          Center for Multicultural Human Services
   Every profession is represented in Washington. Journalism, politics, law, business, banking,
   communication, technology, health, and the arts—they’re all here.                                                       COMMUNICATIONS                       INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS               PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
                                                                                                                           National Geographic Society          US Department of State                Partnership for Public Service

                                                                                                                           CRIMINAL JUSTICE                     JOURNALISM (BROADCAST)                PUBLIC RELATIONS
                                                                                                                           Public Defender Service              CNN                                   Edelman
Washington hosts the international community. Countries around the globe are represented by their embassies.
International agencies like the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Organization of American              ECONOMICS                            JOURNALISM (PRINT)                    WOMEN’S STUDIES
States are all located here, too.                                                                                          Council of Economic Advisers         USA Today                             National Organization for Women

                                                                                                                           ENGLISH                              PUBLIC POLICY                         GRAPHIC DESIGN
And Washington is a government town, of course. House and Senate offices, the executive branch departments,
                                                                                                                           Folger Shakespeare Library           American Enterprise Institute         National Museum of Women in the Arts
and the White House--all welcome interns as entry level professionals.
                                                                                                                           FRENCH                               SOCIOLOGY                             HUMAN RESOURCES
                                            “My internship has taught me many valuable qualities that I will be            French-American Chamber              National Coalition for the            Office of Personnel Management
                                            able to use later in my career and the rest of my life. I have learned how     of Commerce                          Homeless
                                            to work with different people, and how to be the most valuable asset                                                                                      MATHEMATICS
                                            to my organization. Not only this, but I have been able to make last-          GERMAN                               ARTS MANAGEMENT                       US Department of Commerce
                                                                                                                           Goethe-Institut                      Washington Performing Arts
                                            ing friendships with many amazing people, who have also taught me
                                                                                                                                                                Society                               EDUCATION
                                            through their own lives and experiences.”                                      SPANISH                                                                    Public Education Network
                                                                                                                           Organization of American States
                                            Alicia Merschen-Perez
                                            Environmental Protection Agency
                                                                                                                           Visit for a more extensive list of majors and organizations where WII’s students have interned.

A Journey Through A Cosmopolitan City...                                                                                 A Journey With Different Paths...

                                                                                                                     WII OFFERS A VARIETY OF PROGRAMS THAT ARE DESIGNED TO MEET YOUR NEEDS AND INTERESTS.

Washington: the nation’s capital, the
                                                                                                                     The EMBASSY AND DIPLOMATIC SCHOLARS PROGRAM is
“capital of the free world,” a wonderfully
diverse city! In DC, young people make                                                                               designed for students with international interests or foreign language
their mark professionally and enjoy                                                                                  skills. Students have interned with the State Department, foreign
numerous recreational activities.
                                                                                                                     embassies in DC, and non-governmental agencies such as Amnesty
Run or bike along the paths overlooking breathtaking                                                                 International and Women in International Security.
national monuments. Sample delicious cuisine at the
many ethnic eateries that represent Washington’s
global population. Visit the Smithsonian’s world-class
museums—there’s more than a dozen, and they’re                                                                       Want to save the environment? Concerned about global warming?
free! Like sports? Attend a baseball, soccer, football, or                                                           Our GO GREEN PROGRAM is perfect for students with a passion
basketball game. (DC has every major sport, including                                                                for protecting the environment. Our students have tracked legislation
polo in the summer.)
                                                                                                                     at the Environmental Protection Agency, engaged in advocacy work at
If you prefer arts and culture, take advantage of the Kennedy Center’s
free nightly performances on the Millennium Stage. Attend a concert                                                  Greenpeace, and done graphic design at Conservation International.
or reception at an embassy. Check out the festivals and special events
that are held nearly every weekend. Explore the National Gallery of Art.
(and guess what -- it’s free!)
                                                                                                                     The CAPITAL EXPERIENCE PROGRAM accommodates all majors
                                                                                                                     and interests. Describe your passion and goals and leave the rest to
                                                                                                                     us. Whether you choose political science, business, communication,
                                                                                                                     journalism, pre-law, or psychology, to name just a few, Washington
                                                                                                                     offers limitless opportunities for students!

                                                                                                                         WII’S PROGRAMS SHARE THE FOLLOWING FORMAT:
                                                                                                                         •   Individualized placement process and a choice of internships
                                                                                                                         •   Substantive internship, working as an entry level professional (4 days per week)
                                                                                                                         •   Intellectual enrichment (1 day per week)
“DC is a place with endless possibilities and opportunities. From going to Congressional hearings and seeing how
the government works from the inside, to watching the fireworks on the 4th of July at the National Mall, Washington       •   Internship Seminar with professional development and reflection components
has something for everybody.”
                                                                                                                         •   Elective seminar featuring site visits and off-the-record briefings with policy makers and thought leaders
Joe Conway                                                                                                                    Visit for the latest details about the programs and their availability.
US Department of Health and Human Services

       How WII Assists You..                                                                              Are You Ready to Discover Yourself, Create
                                                                                                          Your Future?

  Making connections in your field, exploring a career path, and getting experience that makes your       WII welcomes college sophomores, juniors, seniors, recent graduates and graduate students.
  resume “pop”--that’s what an internship in Washington is all about. But as a participant in WII’s      We accept applications on a rolling basis and suggest applying as early as possible for the
  program, you’ll experience more than just an internship. Our friendly, professional staff takes care   summer program.
  of the details that make your semester smooth sailing.

  The Washington Internship Institute . . .

   •    Gives you a choice of two or three possible internship placements in your field (You choose       You may begin WII’s application process online
        because we want you to be part of the decision making process!)                                  at The website also contains
   •    Shares expertise on career planning, resume writing, and interviewing
                                                                                                         instructions for submitting supplemental
   •    Offers need-based and merit-based scholarships
   •    Begins the semester with orientation to the program and to the many resources of                 application materials, along with priority admission
        Washington, DC, along with a welcome event                                                       dates, program dates and fees.
   •    Provides an Internship Seminar--a unique opportunity to build and develop your professional
                                                                                                         We look forward to receiving your application and
   •    Provides an elective seminar unique to Washington, DC
   •    Arranges site visits and briefings by Washington insiders                                         providing you with the experience of a lifetime!
   •    Offers housing with other WII students
   •    Schedules student activities like BBQs and Nationals’ baseball games
   •    Ends the semester with a certificate ceremony

                                                                                                         The Washington Internship Institute, an educational nonprofit organization, prepares college

The Washington Internship                                                                                students and recent graduates for their future. During a semester or summer in Washington,
Institute    provides     shared,                                                                        DC, students learn about themselves and their fields through substantive internships, academic
furnished apartments in an                                                                               enrichment seminars, site visits, and shared housing. They become engaged and informed
unbeatable location that offers                                                                          citizens and leaders who are equipped to make a difference in the world.
all the conveniences you need.
Public transportation provides
easy access to your internship                                                                                      Visit us at and Discover Yourself - Create Your Future.
and leisure activities.

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